What's Martin Scorsese Doing Next Following Shutter Island?

February 9, 2010
Source: The Playlist

Martin Scorsese

I don't know if everyone feels the same, but ever sine The Departed in 2006, I've been waiting for Martin Scorsese to direct another Oscar home run. His latest film, Shutter Island, hits theaters in a few weeks; I'm excited for it but I don't think the Academy will remember it 10 months from now. But what's next for Scorsese after Shutter Island? The Playlist pulled together some quotes from a French site to give us this line-up: The Invention of Hugo Cabret is Scorsese's very next project, followed by the 17th century Jesuit priest drama Silence then his mob drama The Irishman. Anyone of these seem Oscar caliber?

Here's how Scorsese breaks it down himself: "Everything was ready for Silence, but the film was shifted to be shot immediately after this project [Hugo Cabret]… So hopefully, Silence and then a project with Robert De Niro, The Irishman - it is [an] interesting [path], Silence and The Irishman." So there you have it, as simple as that. Of course, things could change, projects and actors could drop off, he could work on any of his 10 documentaries next instead, and so on. For those confused, The Irishman is Scorsese's adaptation of the mobster book I Heard You Paint Houses that will star Robert De Niro as the mobster Frank Sheeran.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret is being written by John Logan (The Last Samurai, The Aviator); it's set in 1930's Paris, France where the story centers on a 12-year-old orphan named Hugo living in a train station, trying to solve the mystery of a broken robot. Silence is being written by Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York) and will star Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro. Set in the 17th century, Silence focuses on two Jesuit priests that face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to spread the gospel of Christianity. The Irishman is a biopic about Frank Sheeran, a reputed criminal who has carried out over 25 mob murders.

That's all we know about Scorsese's upcoming projects but all of them sound good. I'm personally looking forward to Hugo Cabret and The Irishman the most, just because the subject matter interests me. Although I'm also looking forward to seeing Scorsese work with Daniel Day-Lewis again in Silence, but I honestly can't even pretend that I'm interested in seeing a movie about Jesuit priests. We will keep you updated on all of Scorsese's projects, but until we hear more, it's about time to head out and catch Shutter Island in theaters.

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I'm really forward to The Irishman. (duh) Silence doesnt sound great but with Daniel Day Lewis and Del Toro starring in the movie, I'm there. Wonder whats up with that Sinatra movie??

Frightened Inmate #2 on Feb 9, 2010


I want the Sinatra movie. that's going to be the greatest thing in history.

spencer on Feb 9, 2010


ALL 3 SOUND AMAZING. The Hugo movies sounds really cool if it really has robot since that would mean Scrosese would be dabling in fantasy there a bit. Silence, all you need to tell me to shit my pants is Daniel Day Lewis. Irishman, mobsters and DeNiro under Scorses, say no more.

Tomi on Feb 9, 2010


Isn't "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" a children's book? The Irishman sounds great, and anything with DDL is awesome, but I'm with Spencer. Where's the Rat Pack movie? I was so up for that.

Brian Dahill on Feb 9, 2010


I think Silence will be amazing. To my ears, this is a perfect line-up of films for Scorsese. He is flexing his filmmaking muscles by expanding his work to new and unexplored genres (for him). Hugo Cabret is his first foray into family/childrens entertainment, which I'm sure will be very cool and interesting. Silence sounds amazing to me, especially with that cast in place. I don't know what the story is, but it sounds like a more introspective-type piece, rather than the more in-your-face style that Scorsese is typically associated with. Then there's The Irishman, which is right up his alley. We know that he can work wonders with the gangster genre. Perfection. Keep 'em coming Marty.

The Hornet King on Feb 9, 2010


Why do you want him to make a film just to get Oscars? Can't he just make a movie because he wants to and not because he has to contend for awards?

SlashBeast on Feb 9, 2010


I want the Irishman first, the other 2 sound awful.

Ben on Feb 9, 2010


"Silence" may well become Mr Scorsese's magnum opus. I've read the factual novel by Shusaku Endo and seen the brilliant film version by Masahiro Shinoda (both highly recommended) and I can see why the director is drawn to the material. Religion, politics and personal faith clash in an epic, unforgettable, highly-charged, heartbreaking drama that is sure to spark controversy and force some people to reexamine the nature of their own beliefs. In its stark realism and objectivity it's anti-"Passion". When I imagine what Daniel Day-Lewis will undoubtedly do with his role I get goosebumps... It's unfortunate we'll have to wait for the film two-three more years.

Marty on Feb 10, 2010


Oscar calibre? Who gives a rat's ass? That means less than ever these days. If it's Scorcese, it'll be bringing some thought and depth to the screen, and that's all it needs to do.

mister pain on Feb 10, 2010


All three sound great, but THE IRISHMAN may need a title change because there's another gangster drama, starring Ray Stevenson, that has the same name. I've been waiting to hear about SILENCE for a while, and it's good to hear that it's still on and that both DDL and BDL (hey, their initials are similar!) are still on board. Hugo Cabret intrigues me because, as Hornet King notes, it will be his first foray into family entertainment. Given what Wes Anderson and Spike Jonze were able to do in their family films, I can't wait to see what Scorsese has up his sleeve. Plus, having the capable John Logan as screenwriter is always a plus.

Corran Horn on Feb 10, 2010


what about the sinatra movie??? i thought that was his next project, and i havent been keeping up as well as i should, is leo officially sinatra??

BANE on Feb 10, 2010


Sounds dull beyond belief & puh-leeze, Marty - not another fucking gangster film. Enough already. Shutter Islands sounds like shit as well.

Not Impressed With Scorsese on Feb 10, 2010


Ah, you young guys. Your expressing of having no interest in seeing a movie about Jusuit priests, although honest, cuts you off from experiencing things that are great and possibly great as Scorsese's Silence has the potential to be. But you've already missed a great film about Jesuit priests in the Bruce Beresford directed Black Robe. An excellent, brutal film from 1991. I would advise all that have any intellectual interest in great films to check this one out. My thanks to #8's comments and the heads up on the factual novel and film already in existence re Silence. I will be subjecting myself to both as soon as possible.

Bo on Feb 10, 2010


"I don't know if everyone feels the same, but ever sine The Departed in 2006, I've been waiting for Martin Scorsese to direct another Oscar home run." Considering "The Departed" was not an Oscar home run but a lifetime achievement award, it's not possible for me to feel the same.

El Bicho on Feb 10, 2010


Well "I Heard You Paint Houses" is rated well on Amazon at 4.5 stars. But they all sound interesting.

Toronto Painters on Feb 11, 2010


I'm so excited for the Invention of Hugo Cabaret flick! I got it as a test read before it hit shelves, and if you ever pick it up (regardless of it's placement in childrens) I bet you'll enjoy iy. With all of the great art in it I'm surprised it wasn't in the works sooner.

TLouise on Feb 19, 2010

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